Lemberg (Sep. 24)
Three Jews were sentenced to six years’ imprisonment each, two to five years’ imprisonment and five others were freed following conclusion of a three-day trial here today in which the ten men were accused of the murder of two drunken Polish soldiers who had created a disturbance in a Jewish restaurant last November.
The defendants, all artisans and laborers, were arrested immediately after the crime was committted and have been imprisoned since. They were defended by Leib Landau, prominent Jewish attorney who successfully defended Stanislas Steiger several years ago. The sentence will be appealed, M. Landau declared.
Lipa and Jacob Denkberg and Chaim Klinger received the six year sentences; Joseph Acker and Hersch Leibmann, the five year sentences, and Joseph Askenazi, Moishe Zimmer, Moishe Knecht and Abraham Schweiger were ordered freed.
The trial aroused considerable interest among the Jewish population of Poland particularly in view of the possibility that there might have been provocation on the part of a Jewish secret service agent who was the chief witness against the accused men.